Knight Life The Voice of the Loy Norrix Community Fri, 21 Feb 2020 16:18:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 All in for the win: Sophomore talks about her time playing volleyball Fri, 21 Feb 2020 16:30:28 +0000 Sophomore Bianca Hobson steps onto the court, she feels anxious but excited, she sees her competitors on the other team and hears the audience cheering, she tastes the sweat sliding down her face and smells the leather material used to make the volleyball. 

Bianca Hobson used to play basketball and run in track, but quit both of those sports so she could be more dedicated to playing volleyball.

“Making the big decision to play volleyball and quitting my other sports is a pretty interesting thing that has happened to me,” said Hobson. 

According to Hobson, when playing volleyball, “There are two teams playing against each other, usually 6 on each side. Players use their hands to pass the ball back and forth and try to get the ball to touch the other teams side of the court.”

While volleyball may seem a bit confusing to some, Bianca loves to play because it is a fun and physically challenging sport for Bianca and her team. 

Sophomore Bianca Hobson and the Loy Norrix volleyball team won a volleyball tournament on October 19, 2019 in River Oak Valley by working as a team and practicing everyday before the season started.

When Bianca first started the game she wasn’t sure how well her team was going to play and just hoped for the best. 

“As a team we were kind of struggling in the beginning, but we decided to do it for our coach instead of ourselves, so in the end we all came together as a team,” said Hobson. 

Hobson and her team won the tournament. Playing volleyball has changed how Hobson thinks and the kind of person she is. 

“It made me a stronger person and made me understand that I’m not the only person on the team,” said Hobson.

This was Hobson’s first win of the volleyball season, so it was an important moment for both Hobson and her team.


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Cheese Pants Thu, 20 Feb 2020 16:30:19 +0000

Cassandra Kipp

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Perspective of a high school junior when meeting her father for the first time Thu, 20 Feb 2020 15:30:59 +0000 As she walked through the doors of the church, she saw crowds of family dressed in formal clothing as the sound of cars driving past and doors opening and closing drowned out the chit chat among the crowd.

Junior Dejanique McPherson had grown up without the warm arms of her father, until three years ago, at the age of 14 when she was peacefully attending her uncle’s funeral and ended up running into her father.

“I had to meet him in a more tragic way,” said McPherson. It was also the first time she had seen a dead body, which was quite scary, and meeting her father in the same setting was difficult.

Despite the funeral, McPherson walked into the church with her head high. Everyone around her felt sad, which made it more difficult for McPherson to meet her father.

McPherson had no idea what to expect or how to feel.

“Mixed emotions of sadness, but also trying to feel happy while getting the opportunity to meet the person I’ve never met,” said McPherson about their first meeting.

McPherson had not heard much about her dad while growing up and she was left wondering, imagining, and creating what he might be like in her head.

“How his personality and look changed and what I thought he would be like changed,” said McPherson. “I thought he’d be more of a bad guy but he was more peace and calm.”

McPherson didn’t say much when she approached her father, and it was a shy and nervous experience. She didn’t really want to interact with him and was very quiet.

“He was still new to me, he was still a stranger to me,” said McPherson. She never really knew why they hadn’t met before. “It was more of his own decision. I didn’t really know why he left or why he never returned, and I didn’t have the knowledge or memory to know why he left.”

McPherson is not the only one who has experienced never knowing her father.

“More than 19 million children, over 1 in 4,  grow up without a father figure in their home,” states the article  “Father Absence + Involvement – Statistics” written by the National Fatherhood Initiative, “children who grow up without a father figure are four times more likely to be in poverty, more likely to have behavioral problems, two times more likely to drop out of high school, more likely to abuse drugs or alcohol, and are seven times more likely to face teen pregnancy.”

Despite these statistics, McPherson says she’s perfectly fine and faces none of these issues.

Although it was difficult to meet her father, McPherson is glad she did. She doesn’t stay in touch with her father, but she is glad she got the opportunity to see him and know who he is. She hopes others can learn from her experience and understand that it’s okay to be scared.

“Even a father that leaves out of your life, doesn’t change the fact that they love you,” McPherson continued. “You never know if they will want to continue to be in your life later on or be a part of your family.”

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Freshman copes with his mother’s death Wed, 19 Feb 2020 15:35:53 +0000 When Loy Norrix freshman Xavier Hegler was twelve years old, he went through something that no one should ever go through. On May 24, 2016, his mom died from a blood clot in her leg.

A blood clot is a clump of blood that has changed from liquid form to a gel form. Clotting is a necessary process that can prevent you from losing too much blood in certain instances. Clots can build up in your veins and can’t dissolve on their own. Some of the symptoms Hegler’s mom might have had going through this are swelling in the leg alongside major pains.

“I cut a lot of people off and cover myself,” said Hegler about how he backed away from friendships to deal with his grief alone.

As he went through this pain he learned a coping skill that still affects him today; binge eating. Binge eating can be used as a coping mechanism in times of grief. 

According to the Help Guide website, in the article Binge Eating Disorder, written by Melinda Smith, M.A., Lawrence Robinson, and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D. “Binge eating is a common thing to do when you are sad or bored.”

When Hegler’s mom passed, things changed around the house. He no longer had a cook, no one to help with his laundry or dishes, but worst of all, no one to talk from a mother’s point of view.

This didn’t last for long, however, because his aunt stepped in and now raises Hegler. He says he loves his aunt, as she has helped him tremendously to become the man he is today.

Hegler now has pictures to look back at. As he goes through the pictures on his mom’s Facebook he laughs. “I can’t believe I was so skinny, and look, that’s me and my mom,” said Hegler.

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Freshman Hannah Locke opens up on her experience as a student athlete Tue, 18 Feb 2020 16:45:26 +0000 Sports: a way to socialize and make friends, an outlet for stress teenagers across the country are feeling, and a way to work exercise into your schedule. However, sports aren’t all fun and games, they become more demanding as student athletes face numerous challenges presented by their hobby. 

Hannah Locke, a freshman at Loy Norrix, is a student athlete and has first-hand experience with the challenges and triumphs of being an athlete through playing soccer. “Over 3 million of America’s youth ages 10-19 play the sport,” according to Rapids Youth Soccer

“I started out with AYSO [American Youth Soccer Organization] in the first grade,” Hannah said, “like pretty much every kid in Michigan.”

Now, Locke plays goalie for Midwest United and plans on trying out for the Loy Norrix High School team this March. One of the biggest challenges Locke faces being a goalie is acquiring injuries as a result of the sport.

“I’ve lost a lot of games, but I think it’s injuries that have affected me the most. I had a hip injury two seasons ago and I’ve had two concussions,” Locke explained. She isn’t alone in this struggle. 

According to Stanford Children’s Health, “In the U.S., about 30 million children and teens participate in some form of organized sports, and there are more than 3.5 million injuries each year, which causes some loss of time in participation experienced by the players.” 

I rely on soccer to benefit my mood,” Locke said, “and when I can’t play it puts me in a worse mood. I don’t know if this is a good or bad thing but I’m very emotionally reliant on the sport.” 

It  takes practice and dedication to become a proper team member. “Depending on how far you want to go it requires a lot of commitment,” Locke explained, “so you have to genuinely like the sport if you want to improve at it.” 

According to author Jen Pashley of Skyd Magazine, high school and college athletes typically practice 10-12 hours in a week, but hours can range from 6 all the way to 24. 

However, soccer can also be an incredibly beneficial sport for young athletes. One of the most prevailing benefits of playing a sport is the social interaction one gains from being on a team. 

Locke’s favorite part of being on a team is the bonds she makes with her teammates. 

“I love the connections I make and the social and leadership skills I develop,” Locke continued, “I usually have a lot of social anxiety and talking with people I don’t know can be scary sometimes but having the connection of soccer between me and someone else helps me a lot with that.” 

When asked if playing sports has ever changed her opinion on something, Locke said, “I think it has definitely helped me look at people and sports differently, it’s made me more interested in athletics, and I don’t know it’s just changed how I look at things.”

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Hoax Tue, 18 Feb 2020 16:30:21 +0000

Hannah H.

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Make America Great Again Sun, 16 Feb 2020 19:30:11 +0000

Hank Perkins

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Seniors Be Like Sat, 15 Feb 2020 19:30:32 +0000

Jayla Lewis

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Portage Northern Huskies take the win Against Loy Norrix Knights Sat, 15 Feb 2020 18:30:33 +0000 Portage Northern Huskies take the win Against Loy Norrix Knights

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New Bell Sound Sat, 15 Feb 2020 16:30:59 +0000

Nick Fries

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